Best Beds and Breakfasts in Dublin

10 Best Place To Spend Your Nights And Mornings In Dublin

The quintessential Irish Bed and Breakfast is a family-run business in a quaint, converted home with tonnes of home-comforts as well as a guaranteed helpful and kind nature. You'll find most of the guesthouses listed in this list also include the names of the proprietors - usually a husband and wife duo - and when it comes to reviews it is these people who are name checked over and over again as having gone above and beyond the guests expectations in order to make their stay extra special.

For some, being close to the airport for a short stay or at the end of the busy trip is paramount and several of these B&Bs such as Shantalla Lodge or Botanic Villa are located around 5km from the airport and are well connected making it a relaxing way to spend your trip. For others, being close to Dublin's top amenities while enjoying reduced prices and a homely atmosphere are top of the list and again, there are several houses such as the Anchor House or the Morehampton Townhouse as well as others that will suit your needs. 

Let's not forget of course part of the main focus of these guesthouses is the breakfast and you won't be disappointed. Whether it's a slap-up full Irish breakfast or a lighter option there are many B&Bs offering fantastic service and sometimes free breakfast on top as well as great rates - what more could you want?


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Located not far from the airport and about a fifteen minute drive from the city centre, Azalea Lodge in Drumcondra is run by husband and wife duo Bernadette and Padraig. Frequent buses to the city centre make the commute easy and your hosts will do everything to inform you about local amenities and how to make the best of your stay. A great, homemade breakfast included in your stay and scones and fruit salad will help you get your day of sightseeing off to a good start and, most importantly, the pricing is very reasonable.

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Anchor House is another city centre B&B that's close to Connolly Station, O'Connell Street, Croke Park and the O2 Arena. It is a charming 1790's home with a bright blue door that belies a cosy interior with free wifi and luggage storage as well as limited secured parking to the rear. As ever, this is a family run affair and Joan and Gerry are on hand to advise you where to eat, drink and sightsee. Currently there is a free breakfast deal to accompany online bookings so make the most of it and stay right in the heart of the city!

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Located on the south side of the city and just ten minutes walk from the main shopping district the Morehampton Townhouse is another superb guesthouse that typifies the Georgian townhouse accommodation that the city has to offer. This is the perfect place to stay if you plan on attending either the RDS Ballsbridge or the Aviva Stadium. Limona provides excellent breakfasts and can make up breakfast boxes for those who can't avail of the morning breakfast times. A night porter is also on hand to welcome those arriving at late hours and there is complimentary wifi and free parking available.

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The Flyover suggests what you would expect: a B&B located close to the airport, but it si miles away from the usual drab fare you get with near airport hotels. Tom and Sally will be your hosts at this charming house with traditional Irish interiors including old pine tables and a cast-iron fire place. Breakfast includes a choice between full Irish fare or a lighter option and there is free wifi in the rooms. There is also a printer on hand in the reception for those needing to print out boarding cards and your hosts are always more than welcome to help out.

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Here is another B&B convenient to the RDS Ballsbridge, the Aviva Stadium for rugby fans, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre for arts lovers and mere minutes from Grafton Street and St. Stephen's Green. Waterloo Lodge is also situated beside the Grand Canal where you'll find a charming food market on Fridays from 11.30am until 2pm and further up near Mespil Road on Thursdays from 11am until 2pm. The rooms are spacious and have good quality beds and you can choose from a variety of breakfast options in the morning. Buses also stop directly outside the B&B for a quick and easy route into the city centre.

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The Merchant House is a B&B with a difference. Located right in the middle of the action on Eustace Street in Temple Bar it also features suites named after famous Irish writers with highlights including the James Joyce Suite and the Oscar Wilde Suite. Rooms include king-size beds, flat screen tvs and complimentary refreshments situated within a Georgian townhouse. With a free breakfast thrown in to sweeten the deal and a personal chauffeur service as well as champagne and chocolate deals available you can see why people choose The Merchant House to go the extra mile.

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Ken and Sandra are the proprietors of the Botanic Villa B&B in Glasnevin, a guesthouse that is similarly convenient to both town and the airport although this time closer to the city centre. Croke Park is the nearest attraction for those heading to concerts or matches but if that's not your bag then Sandra is more than happy to give you sightseeing tips and even an umbrella should the weather turn on you. For those travelling to the airport in the small hours of the morning there is even a licensed taxi driver on the premises to take you out with ease.

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Shantalla Lodge is extremely convenient to the airport - just 3km away – but don't worry about being too far from the action as it's only 5km from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and many buses heading in both directions pass outside the door. Keith and Moira Shannon will be your hosts and describe their B&B as perfect for those looking to spend a night at the end of their trip, or those who want to be close to Croke Park for GAA and Hurling matches. This guesthouse is spotlessly clean and effortlessly homely with hosts who are dedicated to making your stay memorable.

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Situated in the city centre in a family run, 18th Century Georgian House the Parkway Guesthouse is a stone's throw from all of the city's major amenities and is but a two minute walk from the local swimming pool. Owner Seamus and his staff are repeatedly hailed as going above and beyond to ensure your stay and breakfast are top notch – in particular if you are a Coeliac. Rooms come in single, double and triple but families and larger groups can also be accommodated with ease.

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The Donnybrook Hall Hotel is located in one of Dublin's nicest suburbs and has recently enjoyed €80,000 worth of renovations. Like many other buildings typical of the area the building is a Victorian Period townhouse and family run by the ever-helpful Terry. Extras such as free parking, orthopedic mattresses and a free Irish coffee if you dine at nearby O'Connell's restaurant there is clearly a lot of attention to detail put into this guesthousel. The breakfasts here are also homemade and include great muffins and omelettes.

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